We would like to introduce our guest contributor Olivia Burke from Great Lost! She is an adventurous traveller who now calls Australia home. Scott and I won’t be in Australia anytime soon so this is the perfect post to give you wanderlust.
5 Beautiful Hikes in New South Wales, Australia
When visiting New South Wales, people tend to stick to the easy stuff such as staying in the city of Sydney, going to the tourist stops but not venturing further to where the good stuff is hidden. One of the best ways to experience the state is through its natural environment and its various types of terrain. For all the lovers of hiking, here are the top 5 hikes that you should try out when visiting New South Wales, Australia:
- Manly to Spit Bridge Walk
A mix of both coastal views and bushwalking, the is one of the premier hiking trails in the Northern Beaches area. It’s a 3-4 hour long walk covering a distance of 10km, passing through many bays and beaches such as Clontarf Beach, Sandy Beach, Fisher Bay and Reef Beach. Find detours to discover Aboriginal rock engravings at the Grotto Point Lighthouse area, and admire the Arabanoo Lookout where you might get lucky and spot some whales during May to November.
2. Great North Walk
This is one of the more extreme walks – well not so much extreme but moreso it takes many days to complete this 250km long track. Starting from Sydney and ending at Newcastle, it takes between 8 -14 days to finish. There are plenty of planned camp areas that you can stay overnight at along the way. You’ll be immersed in the bushlands, rivers, creeks and wildlife of New South Wales on this walk through 3 national parks – Lane Cove National Park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Brisbane Water National Park.
3. National Pass Walk
One of the best beginner friendly walks in terms of sights and variety, the National Pass Walk at Wentworth Falls is one not to miss. It takes you through some amazing lookouts of the Jamison Valley and ends with the epic Grand Stairway. This can be a gruelling ascent up the side of the mountain. The walk takes about 3 hours and loops a distance of 4.5km. It is one of the most spectacular experiences of the Blue Mountains as there are many highlights including its waterfalls – Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls and plenty of lookouts. Finish the walk at the Conservation Hut, which has public facilities and a cafe to enjoy a cup of tea and rest up.
4. Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk
Climbing a mountain? That does seem a little scary to the unfamiliar, but it’s not as difficult as you think.
When you visit the Snowy Mountains it’s not all about skiing and snowboarding! If you’re an avid hiker you can take on Australia’s highest mountain on the Mount kosciuszko Summit Walk. It’s 9km long but with the ascent, it does take up to 6 hours each way. It’s perfect for camping so remember to bring enough clothes, food and water. The summit walk provides spectacular sights of the alpine scenery and you’ll get close to the snowcapped mountains of the Snowy Mountains region.
5. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
An easy stroll, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk does take a few hours as a return walk with a distance of 6km, but it is one to be completed at a relaxed pace so that you can enjoy the five beautiful beaches that it takes you through. Follow the coastline and visit bays, rockpools and cafes along the way. The main stops in between Bondi and Coogee are Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. It’s a must-do when visiting Sydney!
Olivia Bourke is a travel writer who loves exploring the great hidden gems of Australia and wandering around in other countries. She writes for Great Lost and other travel related blogs to learn, inspire and inform others of the beauty of the world.
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